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Physical Activity Intervention in Breast Cancer Survivors

Michael C. Robertson, MPH and Casey P. Durand, PhD, University of Texas School of Public Health Houston; and Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the risk of a breast cancer recurrence and other health problems. But for many breast cancer survivors, starting or maintaining an exercise program isn’t easy. Researchers are developing an online exercise program for female breast cancer survivors that uses acceptance and mindfulness principles to encourage living a physically active, healthy lifestyle. This study will finalize the development of this exercise program.

What does participation involve?

If you are eligible and agree to participate in this study, you will participate in an informed consent process with a member of the research team. You will be asked to complete a baseline online questionnaire (approximately 20 minutes), and you will start a 7-day physical activity text messaging assessment to provide information on your baseline level of physical activity. Then, you will try the acceptance and mindfulness-based program to increase exercise. The program will be delivered via emails and texts over the course of about eight weeks. It will feature videos, audio clips, written content, and brief exercises to complete on your own time. At the end of the program you will be asked to complete a follow-up questionnaire (approximately 30 minutes) and do another 7-day physical activity text messaging assessment. Finally, you will be contacted for one feedback interview via telephone (30-45 minutes).

Anywhere in the U.S.
If you are interested in participating, please click the link to view the consent form and complete the survey.